Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing

It’s important for people who are sexually active to get a chlamydia and gonorrhea test at least once a year. While these two diseases are easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics, they account for the most commonly reported new cases of STDs in the United States, and they often occur together.

While many people will get tested when symptoms begin to cause concern, there are many others who may be carriers for the chlamydia and gonorrhea bacteria and not even know it. That is why getting routinely tested can be so important to your health, as well as the health of your sexual partners. The more information you have about your health, the better you can be at staying healthy.

While it can no doubt be unnerving to get tested, there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about when ordering a chlamydia and gonorrhea panel. In fact, it is one of the most responsible things you can do. That is why, at Priority STD Testing, we make sure to provide convenient and anonymous testing, so you can be proactive about your health, and the health of others, without anyone needing to know.

Why Should I Order a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test?

Getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea is about protecting the health of you and those you care about. While both of these STDs are easily cured with a round of antibiotics, they can develop into some nasty complications if left untreated. That is not something you would wish on yourself or your sexual partners, so getting tested makes sure that you (and others) can get any treatment that might be necessary.

Unfortunately, many people put off testing until they develop symptoms. It’s only natural: Why would you seek testing for something when you’re not displaying any symptoms? The problem with this perspective is that chlamydia and gonorrhea can both be asymptomatic (for both men and women) for a very long time. That means you could still be carrying the infection and spreading it without even knowing that you are infected. If you’re pregnant, you could risk an ectopic pregnancy or passing the infection on to your child, which could cause eye infections, blindness or pneumonia in the baby. Untreated chlamydia can also lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility. If gonorrhea is untreated and spreads to the joints or blood, it can be deadly. That is why routine testing can be so important. It can help you nip sexually transmitted diseases in the bud before they develop into anything more serious.

What Are the Symptoms of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?

As we mentioned earlier, one of the most common symptoms for chlamydia and gonorrhea is having no symptoms whatsoever. Of course, these STDs can develop further, manifesting some telltale signs that something is wrong and that some kind of sexually transmitted infection may be present.

While there is more you can learn about chlamydia symptoms, as well as symptoms for gonorrhea, here are a few of the most common symptoms for each.

Common Symptoms of Chlamydia

Most Common

  • No symptoms

Less Common

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Pain, discharge, or bleeding from rectum
  • Eye inflammation
  • Abnormal penile discharge (thick, yellow-white, milky or watery)

Least Common

  • Bleeding between menstrual cycles
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in pelvis or lower stomach
  • Pain in lower back
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Burning or itching around the tip of the penis
  • Testicular pain and swelling

Common Symptoms of Gonorrhea

Most Common

  • No symptoms

Less Common

  • Painful urination
  • Bloody, yellowish or watery green vaginal discharge
  • Pain, discharge, or bleeding from the rectum
  • Eye inflammation
  • Yellowish or greenish discharge from the penis

Least Common

  • Sore throat
  • Pain during sex
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Lower back pain
  • Low stomach aches
  • Bleeding between menstrual cycles
  • Pain in scrotum or testicles
  • Burning and itching around the tip of the penis

What Can I Expect When I Get Tested?

Though the thought of getting tested for STDs can be intimidating or scary, the actual testing process is actually fairly simple and painless, especially with Priority STD Testing. All that is required to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea is a urine test. Meaning, when you make your appointment for testing, all you have to do is show up, give a urine sample and go home. If you go to a doctor’s office or clinic, however, they might test you using a swab test instead. In a swab test, a cotton swab is applied to your genital area, and then the swab is tested for the presence of the bacteria that cause either the chlamydia or gonorrhea infection.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms that could be related to an STD, it’s a good idea to get tested at a doctor or urgent care clinic. Even if you don’t have gonorrhea or chlamydia, you could still have another type of infection that will require treatment, such as a UTI or yeast infection. Getting tested for STDs is important, but it’s also important to find out the root cause of whatever symptoms you’re experiencing so that you can get the right treatment.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting Tested?

For the most accurate results, Priority STD Testing recommends waiting three days after exposure to chlamydia and four days after exposure to gonorrhea before being tested. These first few days are typically the incubation period for each disease, so it’s best to wait until the incubation period has passed before moving forward with testing in order to ensure an accurate result.

It is also recommended that you get tested again between two weeks and one month after receiving your test results for maximum accuracy. This can be particularly helpful when confirming that treatment was successful and the STD has been cleared from your body.

What Are the Benefits of a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test?

It’s often recommended that everyone who gets tested for either chlamydia or gonorrhea get tested for the other infection as well. So, if you’re interested in being tested for chlamydia, it’s recommended you get tested for gonorrhea as well, and vice versa. There are a few reasons for this. One reason, as you might have noticed when looking at the symptoms of both chlamydia and gonorrhea, is that they’re very similar infections. If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD, it’s nearly impossible to identify which infection you have based on the symptom alone, which is why it’s a good idea to get tested for a number of common infections instead of just one that you think you might have.

The second reason for pairing chlamydia and gonorrhea testing, even if you’re fairly certain you’ve contracted one or the other, is because the two infections often occur together. This is referred to as “co-infection.” This phenomenon can occur with other STDs, but chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common pairing. The cause for this correlation is not known, but there are known factors that contribute to co-infection. One factor is that the likelihood of contracting an STD increases if you’ve already contracted one STD. This, compounded with the fact that chlamydia and gonorrhea are two of the most common STDs in the US, is likely why the two infections occur concurrently so frequently.

Convenience
By having a panel done for both chlamydia and gonorrhea, you can easily test for two of the most common STDs in one. Not only are you being tested for two of the most common STDs in the United States, you’re being tested for the two STDs that most commonly occur together. With Priority STD Testing, as soon as you order your test panel, we’ll set up an appointment for you at your local lab. Most patients complete the test screening in less than 15 minutes.

Affordability
With Priority STD Testing, you save money by bundling the chlamydia and gonorrhea panel into one. While tests for each of these specific STDs will cost $89, the twin panel for testing both is only $129. The only other way to test for both of these STDs through Priority STD Testing is to pay for the 10 panel test, which is $198 and tests for 10 commonly reported STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. With our chlamydia and gonorrhea panel, you can save money while still getting tested for the two most common STDs.

Peace of Mind
Both gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to serious health issues for you and others if left untreated. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you started on a course of treatment if your test returns a positive result. Rest easy knowing that you’re free and clear or that you took care of the infection before it had a chance to do you any serious harm.

How Do I Order a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test?

With Priority STD Testing, you can order your chlamydia and gonorrhea testing either online or over the phone. The process is completely confidential, and our care counselors can help you better understand your options and find the lab nearest you.

If you are ready to order your chlamydia and gonorrhea test today or would like to speak with a care counselor, select one of the tests below or call 1-888-211-2365.

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